When Princess Charlotte gave the order, Prince George confirmed it and listened intently before nodding his head
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: Princess Charlotte appears to be an expert on royal protocol as she was spotted giving her older brother Prince George instructions on how to behave during their great-grandmother’s funeral on Monday September 19 . As Prince William and Catherine’s two eldest children waited at Wellington Arch for the Queen’s coffin to pass them, Charlotte gave the 9-year-old some royal advice when the moment came.
In a short video from the sumptuous ceremony, the 7-year-old princess was seen leaning against her brother and seemingly whispering as she gestured with her hands, “You must bow.” While giving the instruction, George confirmed and listened intently before nodding his head.
The second in line to the throne wore a navy blue dress with a black tie, while his younger sister wore a black mourning cloak and a wide-brimmed hat. The royal duo were in attendance along with their mother, Kate Middleton, their aunt, Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, and their step-grandmother, Queen Consort Camilla.
Although Prince George initially forgot to bow to the Queen, he showed decent maturity, understanding the significance of the event and standing patiently when his father, the new Prince of Wales, arrived at the Abbey after standing behind the coffin of The Queen was gone. The Princess of Wales was photographed putting her hand on her tearful daughter’s back before gently taking her hand and leading her into the packed church. Middleton and Prince William’s youngest child, 4-year-old Prince Louis, was not present after the former explained that the little tot was struggling to understand the Queen’s death.
The members of the clergy who presided over the state funeral greeted King Charles, Prince William and other senior royals after arriving at the Abbey’s iron gates.
According to the Daily Mail, Prince George’s presence at the funeral came as a big surprise. “Obviously, as parents, they thought long and hard about whether their children should accompany them,” a source said. “Obviously little Louis is too young but they believe George and Charlotte are up to the task.” Monday’s luxurious event also marked the first time since the Queen’s death that one of the Welsh children was seen in public.
If reports are to be believed, Prince William, Catherine and their children will start a new life at Adelaide Cottage in the grounds of Windsor Castle, where the Queen spent most of her time. A few days ago, Prince William told mourners outside the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk that he and his wife have been “trying to keep everything constant” for their three children since the death of their beloved grandmother.